Oh New Years day here you come again. You set a mark of day number one of the next 365 days we call “next year”. It is a time to reflect on the year passing and making promise to the year to come.
For me 2015 marks the year that I truly did lose all of the debt I owed other than this mortgage I pay each month. I was a year of new grandchildren entering into our family, a new career and flights to Florida. A year for another child to enter into the realm of holy matrimony and many family gatherings. 2015 was a good year despite some pretty sketchy times where I found myself without work for about 6 weeks, struggled with high blood sugar at times and battled with car troubles. It marks the second year that I have been “smoke free” and this gives great hope to knowing that I am making great strides with my health.
My hopes will be that 2016 will be even brighter. We will be celebrating yet another addition to our family as a new grandchild will enter into our family. Another wedding that will mark the last of our children entering into the wonderful world of being part of a “married couple”.
Some of the area’s I will set goals for are of course everyone’s favorite being the “workout”. Yes, I will have to slowly get back into the good exercise program that I enjoyed for most of 2015. I sort of fell off the wagon in the last 2 months of 2015 and now it is time to get back on track.
I will take a good picture of finances and start getting back to those habits that have set us apart from most. I will start figuring out how to bring my own lunch to work each day along with a cup of coffee made in my own coffee pot. I have for some reason moved away from these habits and has cost me not only money, but comfort. I don’t like to “eat out”, and each time I do the food usually bothers me in some way. I will set up a program to keep us on track with paying off our mortgage in the next 3 years and stick to it. I know that it is through reaching a point of complete debt freedom will eventually lead to a less stressful life. Even with all of the expenses of travel and loss of a job for a while we still managed to reduce our overall debt in 2015 by nearly $15,000.00. With a little planning, hard work and mindfulness I know that we can do much better in 2016.
I will continue on my path of eating healthy and keeping my Type II Diabetes in check. I found great pleasure in gardening in 2015 and will continue my efforts in 2016 in providing healthy vegetables to our plates during the year. I will continue to get out and hike some of the greatest paths and seeing some of the greatest sites that the Pacific Northwest has to offer and listen to the roar of the might waterfall to again discover that some of the greatest moments in life are right in our own back yards.
One of our plans for 2015 was making a big move from Oregon to Florida, but we made the decision that with all that is going on the world we were pretty much in a safe and secure location. One of the biggest issues in the news was that of a national fresh water shortage and here in the Pacific Northwest we certainly don’t have need to worry about water. Because of this shortage we have noticed many new families moving to area and we watched our home go up in value over $45,000.00 in just two years. We still have the desire to leave the long rainy season here and seek out sunshine, but we decided that we will be able to make this move in the not too distant future while retaining the home we already have. Yes, I am talking about becoming a snowbird. I guess I am getting old. LOL. To get this done we have to stay on track and January 1st of 2016 with be a day of marking our continued efforts with yet another vow of simplicity.
Joy and happiness are a mark of how we truly feel about ourselves and how feel about others. There are many bad things going on around us, but it has always been this way throughout mankind. The trick is to simply accept this fact, do the best you can to get through hard times and simply embrace all of the beauty and love this world has to offer. Each day is a brand new day to find something wonderful in our circle of life and it would be a shame to ignore it.
Lastly, my hopes for 2016 are that all of those who read my blog find your own joy and happiness in your own lives. Remember that when you look back the struggles will seem small compared to the love you will always find around you.